Harper’s Bible Dictionary
edited by Paul J. Achtemier (San Francisco: Harper and Row, 1985)
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Vashti, the queen of the Persian king Ahasuerus (Xerxes I); her royal position was taken from her because she refused to obey a summons from the king (Esther 1:9-22).
See also: Commentary explaining Vashti's refusal to obey Xerxes at http://www.bibletexts.com/verses/v-est.htm#est-1-1.
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